US 8055578 B1
A system for depicting information relating to mortgage lending activities. A database stores information including demographic, economic, and mortgage lending information used in mortgage lending activities. Information in the database and information entered by a user is used to depict customized geographic and demographic information relating to a mortgage activity.
1. A system for depicting geographic and demographic information relating to mortgage lending activities, the system comprising:
a database that stores information including demographic, economic, and mortgage lending information used in mortgage lending activities from a plurality of public and private sources;
a user interface, which is configured to receive from a user identifications of geographical regions, present to the user information in the database for identified geographical regions, receive from the user selections from a list of options that are used to filter the information from the database for the identified geographical regions, and present visual representations corresponding to the received information;
a mapping application, in operative communication with the database and the user interface, which uses the information in the database and information entered by the user to generate the visual representations, wherein the visual representations include depictions of demographic, economic and mortgage lending information relating to a mortgage lending activity, wherein the mapping application receives the information received from the user from the list of options to filter the information retrieved from the database, and wherein the mapping application customizes the generated depictions of demographic, economic and mortgage lending information for selected geographic regions for use by a mortgage market participant in understanding mortgage lending activity for a geographic area that comprises the selected geographic regions.
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10. A method for depicting geographic and demographic information relating to mortgage lending activities, the method comprising the steps of:
obtaining and storing mortgage lending activity information in a database, said mortgage lending activity information comprising demographic, economic and mortgage lending information used in mortgage lending activities;
receiving from a user identifications of geographical regions;
presenting to the user mortgage lending activity information stored in the database that corresponds to the identified geographical regions;
presenting to the user a list of options for filtering the mortgage lending activity information that corresponds to the identified geographical areas and receiving from the user selections from the list of options;
generating of visual representations comprising receiving the selections from the list of options, filtering the mortgage lending activity information retrieved from the database, and customizing generated depictions of demographic, economic and mortgage lending information for the selected geographic regions; and
presenting the visual representations to the user to convey an understanding of mortgage lending activity for a geographic area that comprises the selected geographic regions.
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This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/342,858, filed on Dec. 28, 2001 and incorporated by reference.
The present invention relates to a system and method for depicting geographic and demographic information relating to mortgage lending activities.
Mortgage lending institutions often need to understand the markets in which they compete so that they can determine which segments of a market to target their products and/or services. Many mortgage lending institutions tend to focus on traditional markets and they do not generally respond to changing trends and/or demographics. These institutions also tend to forego hiring outside consultants due to costs and time constraints. As a result, there is an incomplete understanding of potential markets that leads to missed marketing opportunities for these institutions and may cause them to under serve potentially strategic markets.
Mapping tools have been developed to generate maps for the mortgage lending industry. These maps are based on specific geographic and demographic data. However, the information sources connected to current mapping tools are minimal. Moreover, these mapping tools do not provide filtering options that are needed to customize the data required by each mortgage lending institution to understand strategic markets. Without filtering the data that is presented to an institution, the institution is required to expend significant resources to seek out data that is necessary in making business decisions. While there are current marketing software that provide mapping and data mining capabilities, these software are not suited to the mortgage lending industry.
What is needed is a cost effective system and method that provide accurate, comprehensive and timely geographic and demographic lending results to lending mortgage institutions.
The present invention relates to a system for depicting geographic and demographic information relating to mortgage lending activities. The system includes a database, a mapping application, and a user interface. The database obtains geographic and demographic information used in mortgage lending activities from multiple public and private sources. The mapping application uses information in the database and information entered by a user to depict customized geographic and demographic information relating to mortgage activity. The mapping application uses the information entered by the user to filter the information retrieved from the database and to thereby customize the depicted information for use by a mortgage market participant in understanding a geographic area. The user interface includes means for enabling the user to transmit information to the mapping application and means for transmitting results from the mapping application to the user. The system also includes means for transmitting information from the user to the mapping application, for enabling the mapping application to use the information from the user to retrieve information from the database, and for returning results generated by the mapping component to the user.
The invention also relates to a method for depicting geographic and demographic information relating to mortgage lending activities by obtaining and storing mortgage lending related information in a database; accessing, by a user, the mortgage lending related information; identifying, by the user, options for filtering the mortgage lending related information; presenting the options to a mapping application; selecting, by the user, at least one geographic region and a thematic selection that is associated mortgage lending related information; matching, by the mapping application, a code for the at least one geographic region with mortgage lending related data in the database; generating, by the mapping application, a visual representation of the matched data, wherein the visual representation is customized according to the options identified by the user; and presenting the visual representation to the user.
Additional features and advantages of the invention will be set forth in the description that follows, and in part will be apparent from the description, or may be learned by practice of the invention. The objectives and advantages of the invention will be realized and attained by the system and method particularly pointed out in the written description and claims hereof as well as the appended drawings.
The accompanying drawings, which are included to provide a further understanding of the invention and are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification, illustrate embodiments of the invention that together with the description serve to explain the principles of the invention.
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Reference will now be made in detail to the preferred embodiments of the present invention, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings. The present invention described below extends the functionality of the inventive system and method for depicting geographic and demographic information relating to mortgage lending activity.
According to the invention, LAN 100 is connected to the Internet and may be connected to other LANs or Wide Area Networks (WAN). Hence some components of LAN 100 are preferably Web-enabled. The computer processor for executing the inventive system and method, for example server 102 and/or computer systems 104-110, include electronic storage media, such as disks, for storing programming code and data structures used to implement the inventive method and outputs therefrom. The invention uses a computer system, for example computer system 104, to implement an inventive application for depicting geographic and demographic information. Note that any computer system may be configured to implement the inventive method, and computer system 104 is only used for exemplary purposes.
In a preferred embodiment of the invention, database 202 includes information, such as demographic information, economic information and mortgage lending information, relating to a geographic area. Database 202 also includes information that provides specific statistics about mortgaged properties and that may assist mortgage market participants in understanding strategic markets for a product and/or service. Database 202 obtains information from public and private sources, such as Census reports, private mortgage investments institutions and market research firms. In the inventive system, upon obtaining information from public and private sources, database 202 stores information relating to, among others, single and multi-family mortgage activities, mortgage market data, total number of loans outstanding in a geographic area, and statistical characteristics of a population in a geographic area. Database 202 also stores detailed information, such as the loans sold in the secondary mortgage market, loans to specific groups (for example, minority groups), and refinance loans in a geographic area.
In order to access information in database 202, a user enters a user identification and password for logging on the computer system 104, preferably through a web page. The user then accesses demographic, economic and mortgage lending information in database 202 by identifying a geographic area that is associated with the information. The user is allowed to select from a list of options on the web page that are used to filter the information stored on database 202 and to customize results generated by mapping application 204. Options on the web page include, among others, single family acquisitions, multi-family acquisitions, and total number of loans. The selections from the list of options by the user determines the type of information that is presented to the user by mapping application 204.
For example, if the user chooses to view mortgage market data, the user is preferably prompted to select from a number of options for defining how the results from the mortgage market data is be presented to the user. The user may be allowed to select options such as loans sold to the secondary market, loans sold a particular institution, loans to specific groups, for example minority groups, or the total number of sub-prime loans. If the user selects to obtain statistical characteristics of a population, the user is prompted to select statistical options, such as the median household income, median home value, homeownership rate, the percent of renter-occupied units, the percent of owner specified units, and the percent of a specific group.
After the user selects the options for customizing the results generated by mapping application, mapping application 204 preferably opens a set of options, which are a subset of the demographic, economic, and mortgage lending options selected by the user to retrieve specific information relating to a mortgage market. The user may then select from a number of geographic regions, such as county, central city, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), congressional district, and a partnership office. The user may be prompted to make other selections that further clarify the geographic regions. The user is then prompted to make a thematic selection from thematic layers that show details at the census tract, block group, or county levels. This process of selecting options to customize the results from mapping application 204 enables the user to find a specific location for a loan product/service and/or branch. Moreover, by allowing the user to define the information that is included in the results from mapping application 204, the inventive system enables the user to narrow a wide range of statistical, demographic, economic and mortgage lending data into a customized representation of specific information for a particular geographic area.
After obtaining the selected options from the user, mapping application 204 accesses look up tables in database 202 and retrieves data for the specified geographic area. Geographic areas stored on database 202 are assigned codes; and demographic, economic, and mortgage lending data are assigned codes that are associated with the code for the geographic region to which they pertain. It should be apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art that other methods may be used to match demographic, economic, and mortgage lending data to the appropriate geographic regions. In a preferred embodiment, mapping application 204 matches the specific geographic code of a requested area with data assigned the same code. Thereafter, mapping application 204 retrieves the appropriate user-selected demographic, economic and mortgage lending data for the selected area. Mapping application 204 then generates a visual representation, preferable a map, of the processed information and presents the visual representation to user interface 206 for presentation to the user.
The user may select a time frame for information that is included in the visual representation. Time frame options in the inventive system may vary with the statistical information chosen by the user. In one embodiment, the user may be prompted by mapping application 204 to make a time frame selection that corresponds to the demographic, economic, and mortgage lending data selected by the user. The user may also optimize the layout of the visual representation after it has been generated. The user may then view the visual representation and adapt the representation to meet a specific business need.
In an alternate embodiment, the user may query an area in the visual representation to retrieve underlying information relating to the area. Upon querying a point in the visual representation for underlying data, mapping application 204 retrieves the underlying data from database 202.
The foregoing description has been directed to specific embodiments of this invention. It will be apparent, however, that other variations and modifications may be made to the described embodiments, with the attainment of some or all of their advantages. Therefore, it is the object of the appended claims to cover all such variations and modifications as come within the true spirit and scope of the invention.